September 15, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 37
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GlassBuild America Off to Good Start

Las Vegas, Nev.—More window and door manufacturers will be gearing up to boost energy efficiency performance numbers, judging by the activity at GlassBuild America, which kicked more

Associated Materials to be Sold for $1.3 Billion

The manufacturer of Alside brand windows and siding, Associated Materials LLC, is being acquired by Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private more

Quebec Patio Door Maker Expanding

Les Portes Decko Inc. is investing $6 million to purchase a new 70,000 square feet plant in more

New Name for Thermal Line

Thermal Line Windows is changing its name to THV Compozit Windows & Doors, which is the name of the company’s top mor

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What's your company's status on R-5 products?
We already offer R-5 products.
We are looking to introduce R-5 products soon.
We are waiting until R-5 becomes established as part of Energy Star or some other standard.
We don't foresee offering R-5 products.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

R-5 is apparently now established as an industry benchmark. If I had any doubts, they disappeared walking the floor of GlassBuild America yesterday. "R-5" appeared in exhibitor displays and a handful of manufacturers I spoke with indicated they were at the show at least in part to review their R-5 options. (An interesting story in itself is the sudden emergence of double-pane R-5 alternatives.  Conventional wisdom, not too long ago, was that triple-glazing would be required.)

Back in April, when DOE launched its R-5 program, only a quarter of the respondents to our weekly poll said it would have significant impact on the industry. My sense, however, is that it's already happening. I don't know if companies are actually selling windows through the DOE volume purchase program, but the existence of the program appears to be transforming the market.

So, we'll use this week's poll to see if that's true. More importantly, I'd like to hear from you.  I'd be interested to hear, in particular, from participants in the volume purchase program.  Are you seeing direct sales as a result?  What about other R-5 product sales? Are they there?  Are they growing?  And, if you're not selling R-5, that's okay.  I'd like to hear from you too.  Are you biding your time?  Post your comments on the Talk page of  Or, if you prefer, you can email me directly and share your thoughts.


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